Have you ever woken with a real jump just as you were starting to fall asleep? Most people have had this experience, which almost feels like a physical jolt. It is believed that this happens when you were just about to experience astral projection or astral travel, but something happened to put you back in your body suddenly. Astral projection is a fascinating and complex area of spirituality, and one it’s easy to experiment with at home.
What is Astral Projection
Astral projection is when you spirit leaves your physical body temporarily. In spirit form, you can go anywhere, instantly, and when you return to your body, you may remember what you have seen in spirit form.
Astral Travel in Dreams
Many of us astral travel in the dream state, but because of the complex brain rhythms of the sleep state, we don’t normally remember it when we wake. Occasionally though, you might find yourself telling your friend that you “dreamt” about them wearing a red coat to take the dog for a post-midnight walk that night, only for them to tell you that you were right.
Sometimes astral projection happens spontaneously, during waking hours, often at a point or crisis or emotional trauma. When this happens, you may find yourself observing your own body from above, perhaps if you have been hurt, or you may find yourself getting a flash of looking at a loved one who is not present, and they may later report that they thought they saw you for a second or two. This can be an unnerving experience for both the astral traveler and the witness, but it’s simply your spirit reaching out to a loved one for comfort at a time of stress, and is nothing to worry about.
The operating room phenomena we hear about, with someone looking down on their body during a near death experience, is also linked to astral projection and crisis projection.
The Silver Cord
Some people are frightened of the concept of astral travel, fearing that their spirit might get “stuck” somewhere beyond their body, and not be able to return. However, it is believed that there is a permanent link between the body and spirit, established on birth and severed only at physical death. This link, known as the silver cord, is not a visible thing, but an energy link which ensures that your spirit cannot be prevented from returning to your body until the time of death.
Learning to Astral Project
Although most astral projection takes place during sleep or times of crisis, it is possible to learn how to do it consciously. As with most psychic skills, an open mind and a good deal of practice is required.
It’s easiest to start to develop this skill if you work with a partner. Agree two different times of the day; one of you will practice at the first time, the other will practice at the second time.
At the time when your friend will be practicing, continue your day as normal, but make a mental note of where you are, what you are doing and what you can see and hear. These are the things which you friend will try to pick up by sending his or her spirit to join you. It’s important that you remember what you were doing so that you can confirm this later with your friend when you compare notes.
When your time comes round, sit quietly and meditate for a few moments. Then, while sitting quietly, think of your friend. Tell yourself that you give your spirit permission to visit with your friend. Continue to sit quietly and allow impressions to form in your mind. What is your friend doing? Where is she? What is she wearing? What can she hear? Can you taste anything?
After a moment or two, bring yourself back to ground, and open your eyes. Once both of you have had a chance to practice, call your friend to compare notes.
The more you practice astral projection like this, the more skilled at it you are likely to become. Think of the possibilities of being able to travel anywhere and see anything at will!